Dan Kraker Feature Archive

Opponents of the Sandpiper line said it would exacerbate climate change and threaten lakes and rivers. Supporters say it would create jobs and be safer than shipping oil by train. (01/06/2015)
Public hearings this week will gather opinions about the proposed Sandpiper pipeline. (01/05/2015)
Fourteen mushers and their 12-dog teams have signed up for the Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race. (01/03/2015)
A new pest quarantine aimed at keeping the destructive mountain pine beetle out of Minnesota goes into effect Jan. 1. (12/31/2014)
As it nears a leadership transition, IRRRB moves to keep its resources intact. (12/30/2014)
Duluth will need 4,740 new housing units by 2020 to keep up with demand. (12/29/2014)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has chosen an alternate route for a dangerous stretch of Highway 169 south of Ely, Minn. (12/23/2014)
Organizers have high hopes for the next festival and expect to bring a dozen iconic sailing ships. (12/22/2014)
The order affects wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dropped federal protections from those wolves in 2012 and handed over management to the states. (12/19/2014)
In 2011 the state Legislature voted to take $60 million from the fund to help balance the state's budget. Gov. Dayton vetoed the provision. (12/18/2014)
A Duluth City Council resolution asks the Minnesota Legislature to exempt seed libraries from testing and labeling. State Sen. Roger Reinert will propose that amendment to the seed law. (12/16/2014)
Fat bikes have exploded in popularity recently in Minnesota, especially in the winter. The bikes' extra wide tires with very low pressure are designed to float over a couple inches of snow. (12/15/2014)
Officials at the Apostle Islands in northern Wisconsin say conditions look good so far to possibly allow access to the Ice Caves later this winter. (12/13/2014)
The Sandpiper pipeline would transport crude oil from North Dakota to Superior, Wis., across northern Minnesota. (12/12/2014)
The slump began in the late 1990s. It continued for 15 years, culminating early last year when Lake Michigan and Lake Huron set low-water records. Since then, levels have sharply rebounded. (12/10/2014)